Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

2nd Judge Issues Ruling Blocking End of DACA Program, Immigration Debate Continues

2nd Judge Issues Ruling Blocking End of DACA Program, Immigration Debate Continues

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are already facing an uphill battle over immigration as a day of debate turned into a day of mudslinging. Anything that can get 60 votes will pass; everything else will fall by the wayside.

Last year, Trump got behind a proposal from hard-line immigration Sens. "Because the difference is we want to help DACA, you don't", Trump said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program now being debated by Congress. "That's how we work around here".

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., who is part of the bipartisan group, said he supports the Grassley plan, but realizes it may not earn sufficient support in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, backed legislation to encompass Trump's "four pillars" of an immigration overhaul, which include plans to build the wall, end the visa lottery program and impose curbs on visas for the families of legal immigrants. Getting that legislation to the Senate floor for a vote is another matter. The Secure and Succeed Act, released in legislative form Tuesday night, mirrors what the White House has outlined as an acceptable proposal while including additional immigration enforcement measures. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

"Democrats are fully committed to protecting the DREAMers, and we have long supported effective border security".

And Trump's latest warnings might deter members of both parties anxious about debating such an emotionally fraught issue at the start of an election year. Many Republicans are in the same boat.

Schumer said the new budget increases the deficit by about $300 billion.


But they added that the border security provisions and the cuts to legal immigration channels are required to stem illegal immigration, reduce a lengthy backlog in the green card process and reduce immigration levels that, the White House argues, have harmed American workers. Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill.

That promise has Democrats and other critics anxious that the House could block whatever the Senate is able to pass. Ryan addressed those critics last week, telling reporters that he plans to hold a vote on immigration.

"If we get this bill passed through the House and it ultimately gets to the president's desk, he would sign that bill", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Wednesday.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not", Ryan said.

The White House has not weighed in on any of the legislative options, but Trump has insisted that any immigration bill also include funding for a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

In a statement, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said DACA was implemented unilaterally by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and thus unlawfully circumvented Congress. At the same time, the president rejected any limited approach that deals only with "dreamers" - immigrants who have been in the country illegally since they were children - and border security.

The program is now caught in a court battle, but Congress has vowed to act before the deadline - giving it just three weeks to pass a bill.

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